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John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.

Articles by John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

On Center: Wilderness On Center: Wilderness
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
A new multimedia play by En Garde Arts, the company that brought Basetrack Live to Penn State in 2014, juxtaposes projected interviews with real people and actors on stage to tell the stories of teenagers and young adults grappling with addiction, depression, anxiety, and other mental-health issues. [Read More]
On Center: Wilderness On Center: Wilderness
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
For some young people, life can seem like an endless ordeal. A new multimedia play by En Garde Arts, the company that brought Basetrack Live to Penn State in 2014, juxtaposes projected interviews with real people and actors on stage to tell the stories of teenagers and young adults grappling with [Read More]
On Center: Brooklyn Babylon On Center: Brooklyn Babylon
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Brooklyn Babylon isn’t an easy show to explain, but it’s an amazing one to experience. [Read More]
On Center: Brooklyn Babylon On Center: Brooklyn Babylon
8 weeks ago - Town and gown
Brooklyn Babylon isn’t an easy show to explain, but it’s an amazing one to experience. The multimedia production, coming to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium February 28, simultaneously uses live instrumental music, animation, and live painting to communicate a story about the [Read More]
On Center: Circus Oz On Center: Circus Oz
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Circus Oz, described as “rambunctiously entertaining” by a Sydney Morning Herald critic, makes its Penn State debut in Straight Up Feb. 7 at Eisenhower Auditorium. [Read More]
On Center: Circus Oz On Center: Circus Oz
13 weeks ago - Town and gown
They come from a land down under, and, according to a San Francisco Chronicle reviewer, their brand of show business is “a bit punk, undeniably in your face, refreshingly progressive, unapologetically off-color, and gleefully Australian.” They’re the performers of Circus Oz, a [Read More]
On Centre: Bria Skonberg On Centre: Bria Skonberg
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
It’s been a swift ride to stardom for Bria Skonberg, who didn't exactly come of age in a hotbed of jazz. Skonberg makes her Penn State debut leading her quintet Nov. 30 at Schwab Auditorium. [Read More]
On Center: Bria Skonberg On Center: Bria Skonberg
17 weeks ago - Town and gown
A New York Times critic describes Bria Skonberg as “the shining hope of hot jazz, on the strength of a clarion trumpet style indebted to Louis Armstrong, a smooth purr of a singing voice inspired by Anita O’Day, and the wholesome glow of youth.” Skonberg’s album, Bria, her [Read More]
On Centre: Roomful of Teeth On Centre: Roomful of Teeth
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth is out to discover how far human voices can stretch. The group, which performs November 17 at Penn State's Schwab Auditorium, has studied Tuvan and Inuit throat singing, yodeling, belting, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu [Read More]
On Centre: Roomful of Teeth On Centre: Roomful of Teeth
21 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth is out to discover how far human voices can stretch. Through study with masters from traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques, and through an ongoing commissioning process, [Read More]
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